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Virtual Private Networking

Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to access campus resources securely over the internet remotely. It provides a secure tunnel between your computer and the VPN on campus by using encryption and authentication. The VPN is particularly helpful when connecting to the internet using unsecured networks and public WiFi locations like airports, hotels, or coffee shops.

Using the VPN, any K-State student or employee with a valid eID can:

  • Access the university's network resources securely over a public network (Internet).
  • Access all campus resources that are restricted to K-State's IP address range (129.130.x.x).

Why should I use the VPN?

By connecting to K-State's VPN, you assure that the data you transmit or receive will be secure between your computer and K-State. It also allows access to resources that are restricted based on the K-State source IP addresses (10.130.x.x and 129.130.x.x) as well as services that are restricted, such as Samba.

Notes: While your password is encrypted using SSL, traffic between the VPN and the computer you are communicating with will not be encrypted unless you are using SSL-enabled applications. Use SSH for end-to-end encryption.

The VPN provides security by encrypting and decrypting data that passes through the VPN. It does not protect from viruses or other malware.

Getting VPN software

To get the VPN software, you must be a K-State student or employee with an active K-State eID and have an internet connection.

To access GlobalProtect VPN go to https://gpvpn.ksu.edu

See Connecting to the GlobalProtect VPN for information about downloading and connecting to the VPN.

Third-Party vendor VPN profile

A dedicated VPN group for third-party vendors is available that allows connection to systems only accessible on-campus due to existing local address space or protection by firewalls. Each individual that needs access to this VPN group should register for an eID. The K-State employee sponsoring their access should then fill out the special access eID form.